CAIRO, EGYPT: Pool B saw Lithuania and Tunisia book their places in Saturday’s Europe/Africa Zone Group III promotion play-offs with wins over Cyprus and Egypt respectively. The results meant that both Lithuania and Tunisia are still undefeated this week and with only one round of matches left Egypt find themselves two wins adrift and unable to catch up.
Lithuania has been dominant all through the competition and are yet to drop a set on their way to fours wins. Joanna Eidukonyte and Lina Stanciute won their singles rubbers against Cyprus to seal the victory before Justina Mikulskyte and Akvile Parazinskaite completed the rout in the doubles.
Hosts Egypt went into their tie with Tunisia knowing they had to get victory or face elimination but the impressive pair of Nour Abbes and Ons Jabeur defeated Magy Aziz and Mai El Kamash respectively to extinguish any hope for the home side, who also went on to lose the third rubber. Tunisia now faces Lithuania on the final day to decide who will top the Pool.
In the final match of Pool B, Moldova achieved their second victory of the week when they beat Namibia 2-1 with Alina Soltanici and Iulia Helbet winning their singles matches.
Morocco made it three wins from three matches when they defeated Malta 2-1 in Europe/Africa Zone Group III on Thursday. Fatima El Allami put the favourites ahead in the opening rubber with an easy 61 60 victory against Maria Giorgia Farrugia Sacco but Elaine Genovese scored one of the bigger upsets of the week when she levelled the tie beating Nadia Lalami 60 36 64.
There was to be no miracle win for Malta, however, as Bahia Mouhtassine and Fatyha Berjane comfortably saw off Genovese and Farrugia Sacco 61 62 in the decisive rubber. The win puts Morocco in a strong position going into tomorrow’s final round of group matches.
Ireland moved into second place in the standings in Pool A thanks to victory over Armenia, who had won both their previous ties this week. Sinead Lohan gave the Irish girls the edge in the first rubber with a marathon 46 76(4) 63 win against Anna Movsisyan in almost 3 hours 30 minutes. Ani Amiraghyan was able to win in more straightforward fashion against Amy Bowtell, 64 64, to send the tie into a decider.
Bowtell put the disappointment of singles defeat behind her and teamed with Jenny Claffey against Amirghyan and Movsisyan and the first set was soon over with Ireland looking dominant. They were pegged back in the second but refound the form they showed early on completing a 61 46 62 success and giving Ireland the opportunity to progress to the play-offs if they can defeat Kenya tomorrow.
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- Europe/Africa Zone Group III